Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More Knitting Humor

The library book group has the month off and the only book I could bring myself to read in June, besides Harry Potter, was Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Free-Range Knitter. This may seem like an odd combination, but did you know that Hagrid the Hogwarts gamekeeper is a knitter? Also, Mrs. Weasley and Hermione. And Dumbledore likes to read knitting patterns.

The essay in Free-Range Knitter about the time the author agreed to teach knitting to a group of children at a toy store had me in stitches. It was also the first time I heard the knitting poem. And don't miss her story about the time an elevator door at the passport office closed on her yarn, separating her ball of yarn from the project on her needles.

I should warn you that it isn't all knitting humor. Like her other books, there are stories about knitters for whom knitting provides a great consolation in difficult times and reflections on motherhood. The latter tend to be funny, though such as "How to Make a Hat if You are Twelve (And Not Very Careful About Stuff)".

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